Chocolate Cookies Desserts

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 9, 2015

I almost feel like I’m giving away a family secret sharing these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. For as long as I can remember, my mom’s been baking these and they are pretty much the best oatmeal cookie out there. The recipe isn’t a secret as back in the day it was printed on the Quaker Oats can of oats. The difference is the recipe has changed over the years and just isn’t the same as the original. Lucky for you, I’m sharing the original. You can sub raisins for the chocolate chips, add nuts, or leave out the extras altogether. Nothing beats this chewy oatmeal cookie recipe.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, how’s it taste?

Clearly I think these are the oatmeal cookies to end all oatmeal cookies. They are slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Just how I like my cookies. The secret to making them taste amazing is that there’s no butter. Instead, shortening is used. Now this may gross some of you out and some of you may be tempted to sub butter for the shortening, but don’t. The shortening is what makes these magical.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can actually taste the oatmeal and chocolate and vanilla, instead of overly rich butter. Now don’t get me wrong, butter has its place in cookies, but not these. If you truly appreciate an oatmeal cookie, you will love how not using butter really lets the oatmeal shine. The chocolate chips are just a bonus! These are really good with butterscotch chips, too.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies freeze really well should you need to stop yourself from eating an entire batch in one sitting. Grab a glass of milk because a few of these fresh out of the oven will change your life. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Yield: about 5 dozen

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 14 min

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Heat oven to 375F.

2. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, and granulated sugar on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add egg, water, and vanilla; beat well.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, and baking soda; mix well. Add to wet ingredients in mixer and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

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  • Sues March 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    There’s nothing I love more than an oatmeal cookie… Especially when chocolate is involved! These look beautiful.

  • Isadora @ She Likes Food March 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in forever! I always love how moist the oats make them and that you can pretty much add anything into them and it will be good! Thanks for sharing your secret recipe with us 🙂

  • Annie @Maebells March 10, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I felt like I was giving a secret away when I posted my Mom’s Mashed Potatoes! haha! I am loving these cookies! Oatmeal cookies have always been my favorite, I just love how hearty they are and the chewy texture!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron March 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Interesting! My favorite ginger snap recipe uses shortening, but I’ve never tried it in oatmeal cookies before…will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your family’s secrets 😉

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice March 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

    These oatmeal cookies look perfect, Leah! I love the addition of chocolate chips. And I’ve never tried shortening in cookies, but it’s definitely worth it! Love these!

  • Shannon March 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    One of my all time cookies!! They look fabulous!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter March 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Soft & chewy oatmeal cookies with a slight crisp are my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing your family’s favorite recipe, they look perfect!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout March 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    These are such a classic treat and I love that this is a recipe close to you 🙂 Delicious!

  • olivia - Primavera Kitchen March 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favourite cookies! I love it so much but It’s been a long time since I made them. I don’t know why! I must try to make these goodies again! I love they are slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, because it is the exactly the way I like them. Pinned!